Villa Rothschild Apartments, Tel Aviv Urban Housing Project, Boulevard Property, Israeli Architecture Project
Villa Rothschild Apartments in Tel Aviv
30 Aug 2022
Architects: Bar Orian Architects
Location: Rothschild Boulevard, Tel Aviv, Israel
Photos: Amit Geron
Villa Rothschild Apartments, Israel
Bar Orian Architects, a leading international architecture firm based in Israel and established by Tal and Gidi Bar Orian in 1990, today officially announces its work for Villa Rothschild, an architectural marvel situated along Tel Aviv’s namesake Rothschild Boulevard.
Villa Rothschild embodies the essence of modern architecture and urban design in Tel Aviv as a perfect example of how the past and present intertwine. The project’s two new buildings were designed as a reflection of one another and a juxtaposition to the Eclectic-era villa that is part of the city’s UNESCO World Heritage Site for Bauhaus architecture-style buildings and sits between the contemporary structures. Together, the three buildings create an additional and contemporary layer in the urban fabric of Tel Aviv, and an example of the architectural development of the city’s new class of residential offerings.
The stunning project sits at 62, 64 and 66 Rothschild Boulevard, and consists of two distinctive seven-floor contemporary buildings that boast City Penthouses, a Fifth-Floor Villa and two Garden Villas, located in two buildings on both sides of the original villa known as “Beit Awad Villa,” a restored Joseph Berlin masterpiece from the early 20th-century.
For the Awad family, Berlin designed a symmetrical house with elements of a classic Greek temple, complete with central pilasters, Cubist details, geometric lines and Hellenic elements. Villa Rothschild marks a distinct move away from the impersonal skyscrapers lining the area and offers a personalized and unparalleled living experience on the posh Rothschild Boulevard, Tel Aviv’s most desired address. Several of the contemporary units also boast private pools, spacious decks overlooking the city and the Mediterranean Sea, while both buildings offer underground parking, a rarity in Tel Aviv.
The original Joseph Berlin building was marked for preservation with the strict limitations of Tel Aviv’s preservation plan and zoning policies. In accordance with municipal regulations, Bar Orian Architects were restricted from making any changes to the building apart from an addition on the basement floor, which caused no harm to the building’s original planning. In order to add the basement floor, the building was hung in the air by making temporary piles and through basement casting and foundation.
In contrast to the prevailing notion of painting the buildings in the Eclectic architecture-style – colorful colors and different tones for cornices, framework and carpentry – the architects decided to “dip” the entire building in a bright and non-characteristic color. This move allows the building to connect to the city’s modernist style, as well as somewhat neutralizing the kitschy aspect of 1920’s “dream houses.”
After casting the basement, Bar Orian Architects connected the existing villa to the new basement floor via an additional stairwell to the primary stairwell. In contrast to the new stairwells, which are welded from minimalistic black-steel material, the splendid primary stairwell preserves all the property’s design elements: the wooden railing was cleaned and painted anew; the terrazzo stairs were polished; the original mail-boxes were returned to their place, and the wall paintings were documented and restored.
Alongside the meticulous reconstruction of many of the villa’s design elements, each of the building’s systems are among the newest and most state-of-the-art. The integration of the preserved building with the interior design of the new buildings create an opportunity to connect the past and present of Tel Aviv. Between traditional building materials and original wall paintings and modern architecture that relies on principles from the past, Villa Rothschild creates a new design statement that contributes to the spirit of the time.
“You can’t just destroy the old and build new,” says Gidi Bar Orian. “There is value to each of the project’s new buildings as they sit and overlook the Eclectic-style building. Residents of Villa Rothschild are treated to a discreet and catered lifestyle with a sophisticated community of neighbors, 24/7 doorman security, private parking lot in heart of the city, concierge services including taxis, laundry, restaurant and theater reservations, and location in the core of Tel Aviv’s culinary, shopping, nightlife and art epicenter. With a tip of the hat to the baron’s legacy, residents also have their own private space in the building’s climate-controlled wine cellar.
Bar Orian Architects
About Bar Orian Architects, Israel
Bar Orian Architects was established by Tal and Gidi Bar Orian in 1990. First recognized for its work in preservation, the firm’s sophisticated approach to additions and extensions of historical structures quickly won it international attention and a growing number of projects. Setting a high standard for the renewal of the old city of Tel Aviv–Yafo, Bar Orian is credited as the main creative force behind its architectural reinvention.
Today, Bar Orian Architects is engaged in a wide range of projects from high rises to high tech bridges. The studio’s design, construction, engineering, and urban planning divisions enable it to continuously expand into new domains while maintaining and optimizing its own standard for highest quality.
Some of Bar Orian’s acclaimed projects include the Beer Sheva pedestrian bridge, the Brenner Compound (home to Tel Aviv’s regional center for the Ministry of Welfare and Income Tax Authority), The Levee historic villa and apartments, and the Graduate Student Village at the Haifa Technion. Internationally, the firm’s repertoire includes such projects as the planned high-tech park at the foot of the Alps in Brosh, Switzerland, two apartment buildings in Brooklyn, New York, and hundreds of housing units in Katowice, Poland.
Design: Bar Orian Architects – https://www.barorian.co.il/
Photographer of the project: Amit Geron
Villa Rothschild Apartments, Tel Aviv Israel images / information received 300822 from Bar Orian Architects
Location: Rothschild Boulevard, Tel Aviv, Israel, the Middle East
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